“We only confess our little faults to persuade people that we have no big ones.” - Racois de La Rochefoucauld
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us of all unrighteousness.” - 1 John 1:9
Confess: “admit or state that one has committed a crime or is at fault in some way” - New Oxford American Dictionary
Who’s ever struggled with something they’re not too proud of? Of course, we all have. We’re not all the good people we try to make ourselves look like. And we all know it. But still, we try and put on a pretty good front, because it’s the best thing we’ve got going. Sometimes looking good actually makes us feel good. But we’re lying to ourselves if we think that our front is what we’re actually judged by. Sure, the people around us may never know the disparities between how we present ourselves and who we really are, but God knows. And while it may seem like other people’s judgement is more important, God’s judgement is really the only one that counts. So how do we look good to God? Well to start, there’s no “looking” anything, we are or we aren’t. We are good or we aren’t. Fortunately, we are blessed with a merciful God. Or should I say, God blesses us with mercy. We don’t have to treat Him like we would anyone else. Speaking for myself, I’ve found it can be hard to truly confess a sin to God. Like God doesn’t know what I’ve done already. It's like I’m trying to put on a front to God instead of confess. But the real power of God’s grace and forgiveness comes through confession. Ever had something you can’t get rid of? You’d like to stop cursing so much but can’t maybe? We all have our vices and habits. And they seem insurmountable. However, God can help. I’ve found in actuality, He’s the only one that has helped. You see, the Bible doesn’t just say God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins. No, it says’ “He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins AND to cleanse us of all unrighteousness.” Those things you can’t shake, those temptations you can’t get rid of, those thoughts that haunt you; God can take them. I’ve experienced it. I’ve tried and tried to rid myself of sin. It never happened. God is the only one who’s ever helped. His help came through a confession and a request that He take what I couldn’t get rid of. Try Him. Whatever it is, confess it and ask Him to take it. Claim His promise. Maybe say something like this. “God I’ve been struggling with __________, but You said if I confess my sins, You are faithful and just to forgive my sins and to cleanse me of all unrighteousness. So here I am claiming that promise. Take it from me Lord, you know I can’t get rid of it by myself.” It’s worked for me. In fact, when it comes to sin, it’s the only thing that’s ever worked for me. Try it, it will work for you too. I know because God promised it.
Daily Journaling Questions:
How did I help someone in kindness today?
What did I learn today?
What am I thankful for?
Who did I love today?
What am I dreaming of?
What about today do I want to remember forever?
What are my goals for tomorrow?
Thanks for reading,